Saturday, December 16, 2006

Xavier Cortada to create eco-art in the South Pole

Miami artist Xavier Cortada will be in Antarctica from December 28, 2006 to January 12, 2007 to implement a series of art projects sponsored through the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. In exploring Antarctica, Cortada addresses our interconnectedness to one another and to our planet. See

"This is an exciting project that will result in a positive and meaningful body of work," says Kim Silverman, Program Director for the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writer's Program. "Xavier's project represents a new and progressive dimension in artistic expression, adding breadth to the Program. I am particularly delighted with the acknowledgement and support that the project brings to the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 movement. Mr.
Cortada's success in reaching large and diverse audiences is significant and will likely inspire people to learn more about IPY and Antarctica---the science, the history, and the importance of the continent."

It is envisioned that IPY will create long-standing legacies of international research collaborations; capture the world's imagination in science and exploration; and inspire future generations of scientists and engineers. For more information about the U.S. role in IPY visit:

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